Five Plus Architecture projects shortlisted in national, state awards
Plus Architecture’s design and interiors excellence has been recognised in the recent shortlisting of five Plus Architecture projects in both state and national award programs.
With three shortlisted projects in the UDIA Victoria Awards for Excellence and two in the inaugural Property Council of Australia Retirement Living Awards, 2017 continues to be a great year for the firm, following on from international wins in the New Zealand Institute of Architects Awards and the Asia Pacific Property Awards, as well as a finalist spot in the Banksia Foundation Sustainability Awards late last year.
Developed by BlueEarth Group and built by Hamilton Marino Builders, recently completed Gravity Tower – Fisherman’s Bend’s first high-rise residential project – has been shortlisted in the High Density – over 10 storeys category of the UDIA Awards for Excellence.
Set on a compact site, Gravity features an innovative design and ESD response, with diagonal louvres making up the façade, providing solar and wind protection as well as a striking and sympathetic visual motif. With uninterrupted 360 views, excellent rooftop and ground level amenity, and superb access to public transport, Gravity sets the standard for the area’s soon to flourish residential offerings.
Also shortlisted in the High Density category is Carlton’s The Eminence, developed by Lechte Corporation, Abacus Property Group, and Crema Constructions. Composed of 193 apartments, the project features a grand entry lobby with lounge and fireplace, a roof top dining room/lounge and external terraces offering impressive views of Melbourne’s skyline.
Nestled between the large scale of Melbourne’s CBD and the fine grain of suburban Carlton, the design response delicately transitions between these two ‘bookends’. The form and overall scale of the city is overlaid with the fine grain, two-three storey scale, staccato street frontage of the typical Carlton streetscape allowing the design to respond to, and compliment, both urban environments.
Also shortlisted is Belle Apartments, Box Hill. Developed by Little Projects and built by Hacer Group, Belle is shortlisted in the High Density – under 10 storeys category. Rather than the typical box-like facade of most apartment blocks, Belle Apartments was conceived after considerable investigation into the dynamic movement that can be created by splitting a building into three angular forms. The textural facades are influenced by the areas strong multi-cultural heritage, and the project features 85 apartments and a feature white brick lobby.
“Gravity Tower, The Eminence and Belle Apartments are all projects the team here are incredibly proud of,” said Director of Plus Architecture Ian Briggs. “We’re all very excited to have them shortlisted in the Awards for Excellence. Congratulations to our clients, builders and project partners for all their hard work.”
Shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment category of the Retirement Living Awards, Aveo’s Pinetree Village and Kingston Green Village feature bright, resident-focused communal spaces, with industry leading amenity and services. The refurbished community spaces have led to a large uptick in resident retention and satisfaction.
“Intelligent and forward-thinking design interventions can significantly improve existing developments and facilities,” said Head of Seniors Living at Plus Architecture Nick Antoniou. “We love to see the pride that residents are taking in their new spaces.”